Local Activities for Seniors This Month

57th ANNUAL DARIEN ART SHOw, sale and coffee

Friday, June 5th, 10:00am at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, Weatherstone Studio

You are invited to coffee and to view artwork by local artists of all ages - watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels and photography.  RSVP by Monday, June 1st.  At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation to this event.  For more information and to arrange a ride please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: DIABETES

Monday, June 1st, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Living with diabetes can be effectively managed, however, at times it can be difficult. A professional from Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will present a program on living and coping with diabetes.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  Space is limited for lunch, so please call 203-656-7490.

 

NYC HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: Pennsylvania station

Monday, June 1st, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

The peak achievement of renowned architects McKim, Meade and White, whose design was based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla, “Penn Station” was completed in 1913. Unceremoniously torn down in 1963, the loss of this architectural masterpiece led directly to the establishment of the Landmarks Preservation Society. Come learn about this historical landmark.

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – HOW TO LIVE TO 100

Tuesday, June 2nd, 12:15pm - 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

According to Stamford Hospital cardiologist Dr. Edward Schuster, there are only 105,000 centenarians in this country, and 80 percent of them are women. Dr. Schuster would like to help increase that population by sharing tips on how to live a long, healthy life from suggested activity levels, hours of sleep, types of food to eat, how to fend off common diseases like Alzheimer’s, and whether or not to take vitamins. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events caters this lunch, which is $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, June 1st, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS THE MODEL T FORD

Tuesday, June 2nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Affectionately known as the “Tin Lizzy”, the Model T was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927. Controlling costs by introducing mass production methods, such as the assembly line, the Model T had an enormous impact on society.

 

SHORT STORIES FOR LONG DAYS

Tuesdays, starting June 2nd, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

The popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please come and share with other short story enthusiasts. Stories are available for pick-up the week before each meeting. 

 

WALKING HISTORICAL TOUR OF DARIEN

Tuesday, June 2nd, 3:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Please join the Darien Historical Society for an easy, walking tour of town. Hear the incredible tale of Darien's evolution from a simple farming hamlet to a much sought-after residential community filled with top notch schools and gracious homes. Members of the Historical Society will lead small groups through town, sharing stories of who we are and what makes our town so special. Maps and an itinerary will be handed out for those who wish to self-lead. To register, please call 203-669-5254.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: HEALTHY HEART

Wednesday, June 3rd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The heart pumps nearly a half-gallon of blood through our bodies every minute. Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will present tips regarding lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, medication and treatments that can benefit your heart.  There is a complimentary lunch at 12:00pm, please call 203-656-7490.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: LOVE SONGS OF WWII

Wednesday, June 3rd, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, enjoy a concert featuring love songs from that period of American history, performed by Pace University professor and performer Diane Cypkin.  “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),”  “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable love songs exceptionally popular during World War II.  This one woman concert/lecture delves into it all and, in the process, reveals how the spirit of the time was uplifted by these songs: to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war. 

 

CELIAC DISEASE AND WHAT IS GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield

Sandra Novella, an RVNA Registered Dietician will present a program on living with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  A light dinner will be served 5:30pm – 6:00pm.

 

GRADUATION TEA

Thursday, June 4th, 11:00am – 3:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries in the stately setting of the DCA’s beautiful historic house. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events brings a proper British Tea Room to the DCA.  $25 per person, or $20 each for DCA members. Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 2nd and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Special 2:30pm last booking time.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS EIFFEL TOWER

Thursday, June 4th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, this iron lattice tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris.  It is the most visited, paid monument in the world, drawing 7 million visitors each year.

 

RESIDENT BOOK SIGNING

Thursday, June 4th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Please celebrate the publishing of Atria resident Lt. Commander George Walsh’s new book, “The Battle of Midway – Searching for the Truth”.  After a brief presentation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served with book signing to follow.  RSVP by June 1st to 203-662-1090.

 

CAREGIVER CASINO

Thursday, June 4th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at The Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan

Enjoy a  carefree evening of caregiver appreciation with extended Adult Day Program hours.  Leave behind your cares and wallet and take a chance playing for raffle tickets on our blackjack tables, roulette wheel and slot machines, all staffed by gaming professionals.  Enjoy live music, hors-d’oeuvres and professional massage and reflexology services.  Please RSVP by calling 203-594-5310 or email MNtiri@waveny.org by May 28th.

 

PRAY FOR PEACE WALKS

Friday, June 5th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Hear how a grandfather of 8 walked 3,000 plus miles spreading the message of peace so that the world would be better for future generations.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS ART SHOW

Friday, June 5th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Opening reception for local artist, Johana Fini.

 

DARIEN HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY

Saturday, June 6th, 9:00am – 1:00pm at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station, 325 Heights Road

For questions regarding collection, please call the Department of Public Works at 203-656-7346.  There will also be a mercury thermometer trade-in while supplies last, residents who turn in mercury thermometers will receive a digital replacement.

 

NYC HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: STATUE OF LIBERTY

Monday, June 8th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Presenting a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor.

 

Memory Café

Wednesday, June 10th, 12:00pm at First Methodist Church, Cross Road, Stamford (behind Lord & Taylor)

A social gathering where those concerned about their memory or who are in early stages of dementia come together with family and friends to enjoy conversation, engage in mind stimulating activities and have fun.  Registration is required. Please contact Hilda Cook at 203-322-7549 for more information.

 

FAMOUS PEOPLE BY DISEASE

Wednesday, June 10th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

They may be rich, powerful and in the spotlight, but celebrities can have the same medical problems as anyone else. Many use their position in society to become an advocate for their disease, raising money and awareness that can lead to great advancements. A pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy will discuss famous people who have publicly battled illnesses and what medications may have helped them. Use their courage as inspiration to take on any struggles in your own life.

 

WALKING BOOK GROUP

Thursday, June 11th, 1:45pm at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road

Enjoy a light walk around the Darien Nature Center and discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians. Books are available at Darien Library.

 

NICOLE WANG

Sunday, June 14th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Pianist estraordinaire!

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: WHERE WOULD YOU RATHER BE?

Monday, June 15th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

There are many options seniors have for living arrangements.  There is in-home care, senior apartments, independent living, assisted living, as well as continuous care retirement communities.  David Babcock of Right at Home Fairfield County will discuss all your options in a clear and informative format.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  Please call 203-656-7490.

 

NYC HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, June 15th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

From the tall gothic arches of its towers to the raised promenade with dramatic views of the New York skyline, this renowned architectural icon has inspired generations with the simple elegance of its design and functional beauty. Take a trip to Brooklyn with us, right at Darien Library.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Tuesday, June 16th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It may also attack tissue in the skin, lungs, eyes, and blood vessels. Current treatment strategies allow most people with the disease to lead active and productive lives. These strategies include pain-relieving drugs and medications that slow joint damage, a balance between rest and exercise, and patient education and support programs.  Dr. Vietorisz of Stamford Hospital will present an in depth program on Rheumatoid arthritis and strategies for coping with the disease.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  Please call 203-656-7490.

 

ANGEL’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Wednesdays, starting June 17th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Tully Center (Conference Room C), 32 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford

The focus is helping caregivers of dementia patients with help for themselves, along with a resource list of doctors, local agencies, legal assistance, senior day care and facilities.  Please call Kim Harris for further information at203-561-9012.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN:  REAL ESTATE

Wednesday, June 17th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Are you thinking about “downsizing?”  Perhaps you are planning a move to an assisted living facility?  Would a condominium be a good choice for you?  All of these questions can be overwhelming and prevent you from getting started with your decision.  Ingrid Hess, a local Real Estate Agent with over twenty-five years of experience, will discuss the needs of seniors in making a transition. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Please call203-656-7490.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: INTERSTELLAR

Wednesday, June 17th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

 

DARBY CARTUN PRESENTS POST IMPRESSIONISM

Wednesday, June 17th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Art lecture on the artists and influences of the Dutch Baroque.

 

AVOIDING FALLS: 12 CRITICAL CAN’T MISS TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Wednesday, June 17th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association – 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield

Gigi Weiss, an RVNA Rehabilitation Manager and Physical Therapist will present a program on how best to avoid falls. A light dinner will be served 5:30pm – 6:00pm.

 

AARP MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS

Wednesday, June 17th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Regents 8, 64 North Main Street, South Norwalk

In connection with AARP's I Heart Caregivers initiative, you are invited to watch a free screening of Still Alice and learn more about resources for family caregivers and their loved ones. Don't miss a pre-screening presentation by Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, who will provide a wrap-up on the legislative session and an update on laws impacting seniors and family caregivers.  Still Alice stars Julianne Moore in her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When this mother of three grown children receives a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested.  Information about I Heart Caregivers will be available at the event. Share your caregiving story at www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers and find caregiving resources at www.aarp.org/caregiving.  RSVP for movie tickets at 1-844-418-2281 or go to http://aarp.cevent.com/STILLALICE_Norwalk

 

TALKING WITH YOUR ADULT CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY

Friday, June 19th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Sharon Kaplove will discuss issues surrounding how adult parents and their children should share or hide financial information. Many times financial information is important to share, financial details may not.  Chances are you’ve assembled a team of people who’ve helped you with your finances through the years.  Your kids may need to know who they are.

 

MONTHLY MONDAY MOVIES

Monday, June 22nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

View a popular movie streaming on Netflix.  For more information, call 203-656-7490.

 

NYC HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

Monday, June 22nd, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Although no longer the world’s tallest building, The Empire State still holds title as New York City’s essential skyscraper. Taking less than a year to build, and opening its doors in the heart of the great depression, the Empire State Building remains a cultural icon and one of New York’s most popular tourist destinations. Come learn about this iconic building.

 

MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan

Take advantage of Stamford Hospital's Mobile Mammography Center, which will be on-site at Waveny, offering private, free professional Mammography screenings.

KAREN WAGNER SINGS BROADWAY

Wednesday, June 24th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Karen Wagner has been the lead singer for many Boston and Connecticut based bands, including Route 66, a 1940’s singing group.  She performs throughout the country with her one woman cabaret act singing hits from the 20's-70's, including today's music.  Lunch ($4.00) will be served at 12:00pm and the complimentary entertainment will follow.  Please call 203-656-7490.

 

NYC HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: ELLIS ISLAND

Monday, June 29th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

It is estimated that over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island, from the time it opened in 1892 through the year 1954 when the last immigrant passed through its door. Enjoy a photo tour of this iconic New York landmark that represents America’s rich cultural heritage.